Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.



Definition: Meaning literally ‘the same’ (as in identical), the term customarily refers to characteristics that mark off a particular group as a collective.

Identity has moved from the lexicon of social scientists into a fashionable everyday trope. Wider use tends to ‘individuate’ identity so that in everyday discourse it has also come to stand not only for our belonging to groups, but also for what makes each of us distinctive and unique. All this results in a wide range of social, political and psychological registers (see Wetherall, 2010), only some of which are covered in this discussion.

Anthropologically, the notion of identity emphasises what is at stake is the arts of living and working. Straddling political, economic and cultural mores, forms of collective identity thus index ...

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